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Özgen, Kemal; Aydin, Mehmet; Geçic, Mehmet Ertürk; Bayram, Baran – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2019

The purpose of this study was to investigate eighth grade students' skills in different problem-posing situations. Problem-posing situations include free, semi-structured and structured problem-posing situations. The study was conducted using case study methodology, which is within the scope of descriptive research. The study was conducted with…

Descriptors: Grade 8, Problem Solving, Problem Sets, Foreign Countries

Krajcevski, Milé; Sears, Ruthmae – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2019

In this paper, we demonstrate how atypical visual representations of a triangle, square or a parallelogram may hinder students' understanding of a median and altitude. We analyze responses and reasoning given by 16 preservice middle school teachers in a Geometry Connection class. Particularly, the data were garnered from three specific questions…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Education, Visualization, Misconceptions

Toluk-Ucar, Zulbiye; Bozkus, Figen – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2018

The purpose of this study was to investigate how prospective elementary school mathematics teachers and elementary school students' ability to distinguish proportional situations from nonproportional situations differ or are alike. Participants of the study were 319 prospective primary and middle school teachers and 320 elementary school students…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary Education

Cullen, Amanda L.; Tobias, Jennifer M.; Safak, Elif; Kirwan, J. Vince; Wessman-Enzinger, Nicole M.; Wickstrom, Megan H.; Baek, Jae M. – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2017

Previous research on preservice teachers' understanding of fractions and algebra has focused on one or the other. To extend this research, we examined 85 undergraduate elementary education majors and middle school mathematics education majors' solutions and solution paths (i.e., the ways or methods in which preservice teachers solve word problems)…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Elementary School Teachers

Mellone, Maria; Tortora, Roberto – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2017

We present a design study developed in an Italian school. Taking inspiration from the work of the Russian psychologist V. V. Davydov, we have reformulated some activities of his curriculum for the first grade, in order to adapt them to a didactic project for a fifth grade class. In the paper we firstly expose our theoretical assumptions and the…

Descriptors: Grade 5, Algebra, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Activities

Acar Güvendir, Meltem – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2016

This study focused on the extrinsic and intrinsic motivation levels of eighth grade students and its relationship with their mathematical achievement. The participants of the study included 6,829 students who took TIMSS in 2011 and 239 mathematics teachers. The data obtained from the student and teacher questionnaires that are included in the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Student Motivation, Locus of Control, Grade 8

Switzer, J. Matt – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2016

Research findings have established that students often struggle with mathematical symbols including common misconceptions for literal symbolic representations of variables but provide little evidence of when or how these misconceptions arise. This article reports findings from a study of grade 4-6 students' conception(s) for various…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

Çelik, Derya – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2015

Linear algebra is one of the most challenging topics to learn and teach in many countries. To facilitate the teaching and learning of linear algebra, priority should be given to epistemologically analyze the concepts that the undergraduate students have difficulty in conceptualizing and to define their ways of reasoning in linear algebra. After…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation

Daher, Wajeeh; Anabousy, Ahlam – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2015

The study of function transformations helps students understand the function concept which is a basic and main concept in mathematics, but this study is problematic to school students as well as college students, especially when transformations are performed on non-basic functions. The current research tried to facilitate grade 9 students'…

Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Student Attitudes, Grade 9

Brendefur, Jonathan L.; Hughes, Gwyneth; Ely, Robert – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2015

In this article we examine how secondary school students think about functional relationships. More specifically, we examined seven students' intuitive knowledge in regards to representing two real-world situations with functions. We found students do not tend to represent functional relationships with coordinate graphs even though they are able…

Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Knowledge Level, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts

Nyman, Rimma – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2015

This article presents results from an empirical study of how student engagement is visible during introductory algebra. Previously, the notion of engagement in mathematics has been studied from students' and researchers' perspectives. This study is instead focused on teachers' perspectives on student engagement. Eight teachers in grade 6-7 have…

Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Educational Practices, Introductory Courses, Algebra

Erdogan, Abdulkadir – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2015

Turkish primary mathematics curriculum emphasizes the role of problem solving for teaching mathematics and pays particular attention to problem solving strategies. Patterns as a subject and the use of patterns as a non-routine problem solving strategy are also emphasized in the curriculum. The primary purpose of this study was to determine how…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Primary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students

Brendefur, Jonathan – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2014

Much research has been conducted on how elementary students develop mathematical understanding and subsequently how teachers might use this information. This article builds on this type of work by investigating how one high-school algebra teacher designs and conducts a lesson on exponential functions. Through a lesson study format she studies with…

Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics, Algebra

Bicer, Ali; Capraro, Robert M.; Capraro, Mary M. – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2014

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics [NCTM] noted that middle and high school students are expected to be able to both explain inequalities by using mathematical symbols and understand meanings by interpreting the solutions of inequalities. Unfortunately, research has revealed that not only do middle and high school students hold…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students, High School Students

Furuto, Linda H. L. – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2014

This study comes at an opportune moment for Japanese and U.S. educators, policymakers, and researchers given the trends of global policy and equity-based reform. Discussions of academic achievement in both societies allows us to examine mathematics education as a public good versus private commodity in order to best serve the needs of students.…

Descriptors: Privatization, Mathematics Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Qualitative Research